Most Americans are not picking on Muslims, nor do they want to pick on Muslims following the jihad attack in Orlando. Islamophobia is far less a problem than anti-Semitism according to FBI hate crimes statistics, and African-Americans remain by far the most frequent victims of hate crimes. There are those Muslims who work with authorities and warn Westerners about the jihadist mindset that is aggressively seeking conquest, and they, too, warn that “it is critical to expose ‘the stealth elements of radicalism’ that permeate Islam in the United States.”
But Albert Hunt in the article below is feeding Americans the Islamophobia victimology narrative: that the majority of Muslims are peaceful and that they are being victimized by media indictments and public panic. He also compares the number of victims gunned down by neo-Nazis and white supremacists in America with the number killed by jihadists, and suggests that this is a determining factor in gauging the severity of the jihadist threat. It’s difficult to figure out Hunt’s logic, as he seems to “forget” about bombs, conveniently calculates his numbers starting after 9/11, and “forgets” also about attacks in Europe. Even on its own skewed terms, the Orlando jihad massacre refutes that study.
He also decimates his own argument by stating that “in the longer term, experts say Islamic radicalism needs to be addressed at its source overseas.” Yes, we know that there is a sprawling problem overseas with Sharia law and jihadist violence, the same familiar problems that are reported upon regularly, along with the others as they happen, including Israel’s struggle for existence in the face of the ever-present jihadist threat to obliterate it; the Muslim Brotherhood presence in Islamic states that has also found its way onto our soil and is operating through mainstream Muslim organizations (designated unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation Trial); the 70,000 crimes committed or attempted by migrants in Germany; the jihad attacks in France, Brussels, San Bernardino and Orlando; the brutalities in every Islamic state; the savagery of Boko Haram and al Shabaaab; the Muslim persecution of Christians; abuses against women; beheadings; cutting of hands; Qur’anic invocations to commit murder and violence in the name of Islam; calls to conquer the infidels from al Qaeda and the Islamic State; threats from the latter to infiltrate the West through the refugee influx, jihadist recruitment of Westerners; etc. etc. etc.
As reported by Michael Haltman, a political commentator on homeland security: “As long as the Muslim population remains around or under 2% in any given country, they will be for the most part be regarded as a peace-loving minority, and not as a threat to other citizens.” But now that percentage is growing rapidly. Western due digilance is required, given the facts routinely highlighted about jihadism.
As a nation, we all (including the authentically peaceful Muslims) have a duty to protect our Western constitutions from jihadist ambitions that have been openly expressed through the Muslim Brotherhood plan for North America and via open threats from the Islamic State and al Qaeda.
“A Peaceful Muslim Majority in the U.S. Tarred by Acts of a Few,” by Albert R. Hunt, The New York Times, June 19, 2016:
The United States is still grieving the tragic massacre of 49 people in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. The deranged killer was a Muslim.
The attack has prompted concern about a culture of terror sweeping America, leading to demands for actions against Islam and its followers.
The calls for banning Muslims, greater surveillance of mosques and even creating a new House Committee for Un-American Activities focusing on jihadists raise two questions: Do Muslim Americans present a threat greater than that posed by any of their fellow citizens, and could much more be done to prevent such attacks? Counterterrorism experts believe the answer to both is no; most Americans wouldn’t agree.
The shootings in San Bernardino, Calif., last year, and in Orlando on June 12 were horrific, says Richard A. Clarke, the counterterrorism czar under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. But such events “are rare,” Mr. Clarke says. “In the entire Obama administration, there have been six incidents involving eight people.”
Before Orlando, more Americans had been killed since the Sept. 11 attacks by white-nationalist terrorists in the United States than by Muslims, according to research by New America, a nonpartisan think tank based in Washington.
Robert McKenzie, an expert on relations between the United States and the Muslim world at the Brookings Institution, says the United States has resettled about 800,000 refugees over the past 15 years; five have been arrested on terrorism charges.
Critics assert that Muslims don’t assimilate, but researchers paint a different picture. Surveys by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding and the Pew Research Center suggest that the attitudes of United States Muslims about country and community are similar to those of adherents of other religions. They watch sports on television and play video games at the same rate as other Americans.
Mr. McKenzie complains that the news media rarely captures the civil engagement of Muslims. When the water supply in Flint, Mich., was found to be toxic, the state’s Muslims worked with members of other religions to aid distressed citizens while state and local officials failed. “They were very helpful,” says Lee Anne Walters, a Flint resident who blew the whistle on the contamination. “It was great seeing everyone come together.”
There are controversies. A handful of communities with large Muslim populations have promoted the use of Shariah law, a fundamentalist doctrine that would offend most Americans, including many Muslims. A few radical imams and vulnerable young men and women are susceptible to propaganda from the Islamic State. The militant group has demonstrated a sophisticated grasp of social media, putting out more than 90,000 messages daily in multiple languages.
Mr. Clarke says the United States needs to institute a “much more thorough program” to counter that propaganda. He also says that preventing terrorism suspects from having easy access to lethal weapons should be a no-brainer. But he warns that there are no panaceas. “When a guy one minute suggests he may be sympathetic to ISIS and the next minute decides to kill people, catching that minute is really, really hard,” he says.
In the longer term, experts say Islamic radicalism needs to be addressed at its source overseas. No one, other than a few vote-seeking politicians, argues that can be done easily or quickly. There will be more terrorist strikes in the United States and elsewhere…..